by Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 20 December 2013

With a murder rate of 169 per 100,000 people in 2011, San Pedro Sula was named the world’s most violent city in a study by Mexico’s Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice. Inmates have controlled Honduras’ 24 prisons ‘since the state gave up on rehabilitating convicts’ and arms and drug trafficking have ‘flooded the country’ to make matters worse.

These haunting pictures from Business Insider show just how violent this city can be, with Honduran journalists being assassinated, mass shootings at the airport, and drug labs being uncovered (where more than half of all cocaine seizures in Central America occur in El Salvador and Honduras).

Via Business Insider